SDI Open Water Diver Dave Hirschberg receives Emmy Award for a story about learning to dive

On April 1st at the 50th Annual New York Emmy awards presented by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences SDI certified diver, Dave Hirschberg received an Emmy for a broadcast titled “Deportes Bajo Agua” that translates to “Sports Under Water”.  The three part broadcast follows Channel 47 (NBC Universal) New York Sports anchor Verónica Contreras from her first meeting with the SDI Professional Development Center 1 877 SCUBA USA, then to the Pool sessions and finally to the Open Water Certification Dives.

“We certified Dave in 2002 as an open water diver.  Little did we know he would go on to accomplish something as grand as winning an Emmy”, stated Felix Ventura, owner of 1 877 SCUBA USA and Dave’s original Instructor. “We are really proud of him”.

“In an industry that is looking for more exposure everyday, it is really nice to have an Emmy awarded for something we see everyday while teaching,” stated Brian Carney, President of SDI. “We are really proud of the positive experience all of the staff at 1 877 SCUBA USA gave to Dave and the participants of Deportez Bajo Aqua.  They are truly helping spread the excitement of our sport.”

1 877 SCUBA USA is a Professional Development Center in Little Ferry, New Jersey that offers every level of SCUBA education for Recreation (SDI), Technical (TDI) and Public Safety divers (ERDi).  For more information call the dive center, (201) 440-4450.

Scuba Diving International (SDI) is the sport diving certification branch of the world’s largest technical diving agency, Technical Diving International (TDI).  Also included with these is Emergency Response Diving International (ERDi), the only global public safety certification agency.  To find out more information go to

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